Preview: Jose Parla "Walls, Diaries, and Paintings" at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Juxtapoz // Saturday, 12 Feb 2011
Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery just posted preview images of the March 5, 2011 solo show for NYC-based José Parlá, titled Walls, Diaries, and Paintings. After working with Mr. Parlá on our December 2009 cover, we are always interested to see what the artist has coming up.

Wolkowitz Gallery writes:

Walls, Diaries, and Paintings features fifteen new paintings, that chronicle Parlá’s exploration of the diverse places and cultures he has traversed. From Istanbul to Havana, from Tokyo to New York, the colors and textures of the neighborhoods and alleyways have found a forceful and moving resolution in Parlá’s works that are both inspirational and revealing.

José Parlá is a documentarian of city life. Using the backdrop of this and many other towns, he re-makes in paint what can appear to be photorealist fragments of what he sees in the chaos and rush of the metropolis. His paintings reflect the accumulated memories and experiences, the walls that show a place that was, but no longer is – built over, renewed in some other configuration. Parlá paints revelations —transcriptions of the process — proof of the history of our neighborhoods. These markings expose his drive to say or divulge the passing of time, in the moment.

Parlá’s work shows that words, signs, and marks come to mean more, over time, in this symphony of diversity, both incongruous and in harmony, that surrounds our contemporary life. His practice originated in graffiti’s experimental and collaborative approaches during the eighties. Although he has come to identify with and reflect on the compositions of Abstract Expressionism, particularly Jackson Pollock and the later incarnations of Cy Twombly, as well as the German New Symbolist works of Anselm Kiefer, he transcends these antecedents by making altogether singular expressions that are part theater, part language, and part archaeology.








Jose Parla
Walls, Diaries, and Paintings
March 3—April 16, 2011
Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
New York, New York


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